Glasgow City LFC 5 - 1 Aberdeen LFC

Suzanne Grant 3, 53, 90, McVey 26, 54

Scott 79

DIFFERENT venue, same plot. Underdogs meet overwhelming favourites in a Scottish Cup final. Unfortunately, the gripping match at Hampden eight days ago wasn't replicated at McDiarmid Park.

So one-sided was the Amicus Scottish Cup final the destination of the trophy never looked in doubt once Glasgow City took the lead in the third minute.

Internationalist Suzanne Grant finished off a neat move involving Jayne Sommerville and Pauline McVey with less than 180 seconds on the clock.

By the time McVey added a second in the 26th minute, Glasgow midfielder Suzanne Lappin could have had a hat-trick. Somehow the game reached the interval with only two goals on the board, but a further two on the resumption confirmed the outcome.

The first, unfortunately, owed more to Aberdeen midfielder Rachel Hamil, who failed to clear her lines, than Grant, who bundled the ball into the net. Within a minute, McVey had also added a second following an individual run.

Aberdeen saved some face with a deflected goal for Paula Scott, but Chelsea target Grant, whose twin sister Shelley was also on the winning side, scored her third with seconds left to give the scoreline a more realistic sheen.

In the under-17 international at McDiarmid Park between Scotland and Wales, midfielder Kim Little capped a fine performance with two late goals which gave the home side a 2-1 victory.

The Mintlaw Academy schoolgirl, whose movement and awareness were exceptional, nearly made it a hat-trick, but was denied by a post.

The midfielder will be 16 in June, and it can't be too long before she is picked for the full Scotland squad. They are currently involved in trying to qualify for the 2007 Fifa Women's World Cup - a formidable task given that the group includes world champions Germany.

The realistic goal for the Scots is to finish third behind the favourites and Russia. The last qualifier of this season takes place at McDiarmid Park on Wednesday night against Russia. With Arsenal striker Julie Fleeting restored to the Scotland side after a knee injury, the home side will be desperate to erase the memory of a 6-0 defeat in Moscow last August.

SCOTLAND'S up-turn in fortunes at international level continued last night when the country's under-19 men's side clinched their first appearance in the European Championship finals at that age group for 20 years.

Hibs striker Steven Fletcher scored the important goal for Archie Gemmill's side after 67 minutes against a highly-rated French outfit in Minsk to secure a 1-1 draw, and see them march on to the eight-team final tournament in Poland this July.

It was the Hibs' striker's seventh goal in six qualifying games for the young Scots, who had earned their place in Belarus without losing a goal or a game in the first round of the competition in Switzerland, and beaten both Bulgaria and the hosts in the last week.